December brings up so many things for all of us. Regardless of you beliefs, religious background or traditions, you can feel the year coming to an end and new beginnings in the making. Many people find a time to review what the year has meant to them, to figure out where they want to go, to express gratitude towards those who made their path easier. You might also find that forgiveness-that uglier cousin to gratitude-will help you in turning a new page, leaving 2009 in the past.
You may be finding it easier, or more difficult to practice otheresteem during the holidays. So much is stirred up, so many energies collide, and to-do lists grow longer than ever. Consider this: you can take otheresteem to the next step and really make a difference. You can build on what you have learned about yourself and connect the dots. It can start small or with a huge vision, but it will change you and the way you contribute to the world. You may recall we explored the issue here in the November post IT’S ABOUT US ALL. Expansive otheresteem feels like, well, nothing else!
What I want to stress here is that you seize the opportunity NOW, whatever your case may be for this season, to explore how you have built or not built otheresteem this year and how you want to move forward with that. Make your own list of who you want to value more, how you might go about it and what practices you want to embrace from now to years’ end. Change your view of the people that have been in your way in 2009. Open up the possibility for them to fit into a new category in 2010: people you learned from. I hope that earlier posts in this blog can inspire you as well as the practices I have included in the book. But if you would like to explore the issue further, leave your comments here and I will be more than happy to continue the conversation. Or follow me on Twitter (@monedays) and we can engage from there!